1,100 Posters from Around the World
Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic
1100 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/13/2015
|A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognizable shorthand for the plays of William Shakespeare. In the four hundred years since his death, the Bard of Avon's exalted place in the pantheon of theater and poetry---indeed, all of Western culture---is unequaled. As Ben Jonson proclaimed, Shakespeare "is not of an age but for all time!" And just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined his works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers been inspired to create posters that reinvent Shakespeare's well-known themes for each new generation of theatergoers. Presenting Shakespeare collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare's plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond. A fascinating trove of theatrical artifacts, Presenting Shakespeare is a necessary volume for theater and design lovers alike.
Editorial ReviewsThe New York Times:
"The most striking posters in the book are the brainy minimalists, like the giant gloved and clenched fist in a French production of "Othello," or the deliciously morbid meat ice cream cone in an Argentine "Hamlet." "Design Arts Daily:
"The organization of the book is a stroke of genius....The book is irresistible on many levels, not least for the reading, which includes a preface by Julie Taymor."Playbill:
"Next year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, but his plays live on. How they have managed to put butts in pews all this time is addressed, and generously illustrated, in a gorgeous new coffee table book, Presenting Shakespeare"Hyperallergic:
"With over a thousand posters from 55 countries it offers an opportunity to delve into how different cultures interpret Shakespeare's classic stories of love, tragedy, and twisted identities."Print magazine:
"The artists' interpretations of the plays are as varied as the takes of actors and directors who have approached the material over the many decades since they premiered, providing the diverse visual archive that amazes."Creative Review:
"a great range of examples from all over the world"Fast Co.Design:
""To be or not to be" might be the question, but the answer for representation could lie in a cartoonish illustration, in expressive typefaces, or in a morbid hyperrealistic heart gushing blood."Shelf Awareness:
"Shakespeare on a skateboard or punkish with tattoos, Romeo i Julia with a heart-shaped bear trap, a Ralph Steadman Macbeth---from delicate to horrifying, these posters are arresting."